November 2012 Volume 46 Issue 11
pedOxáy (pud-TL-HWHY) Moon of the Dog Salmon
“Much of November is the “moon of the dog salmon.” Salmon continue to be fished until the end of the this moon. The last of the bracken fern roots and camas bulbs are harvested. Shellfish harvest begins again and continues to increase the good supply through the winter months. Hunting waterfowl and game continues.”-13 Moons The 13 Lunar Phases, And How They Guide the Swinomish People. S.I.T.C
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Cover photo by: Michael Vendiola CONTENTS: An official publication
swədəbš Swinomish Indian Tribal Community of
Officers: Spee-pots (Brian Cladoosby), Chairman; Tale tale II (Barbara James), Vice Chair; Sapelia (Sophie Bailey), Secretary; Steve Edwards, Treasurer Tuk Tuk Luus (Allan Olson), General Manager Senators: Sapelia (Sophie Bailey) Pay a huxton (Chester Cayou, Jr.)
qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) The deadline to submit to the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) is the 15th of every month or nearest business day. qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) 17337 Reservation Road La Conner, WA 98257 360-466-7258 Fax 466-1632 email@example.com
Advisory Committee Allan Olson John Stephens Tracy James Kevin Paul Michael M. Vendiola Editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Spee-pots (Brian Cladoosby)
Caroline Edwards Assistant Editor email@example.com
Cha-das-cud II (Glen Edwards)
Photos: qyuuqs and submitted
Steve Edwards Tale tale II (Barbara James)
SM OK O LO (Leon John) Wa lee hub (Kevin Paul) Ya-qua-leouse (Brian Porter)
This issue of the qyuuqs is available on the Swinomish website: http://www.swinomish-nsn.gov/news.aspx The qyuuqs can viewed on the internet. When submitting information or photos, please be aware that everything published in qyuuqs will also be on the internet and available to the world. Please consider carefully whether anything you are submitting might have information or images that may not be appropriate for the internet. By submitting information or photographs to qyuuqs for publication, we consider that you are agreeing to publishing your submission in both the paper and digital versions of the qyuuqs.
Brian Wilbur Wolfe (Tandy Wilbur)
“Swinomish qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) News”
Around the Rez
Feature: Home from A.F.
Feature: Science Grant
From The Editor
Mrs. V’s 2 Cents
Native American Day
Native Business-Jim Stanley
Senior Lunch Menu
SITC DV House of Healing
Youth Center News
qyuuqs Mission The mission of the qyuuqs newspaper is to provide monthly communication to swədəbš, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, near and far. We are committed to serving as an apolitical forum for SITC governing officials and all community members. The newspaper is not intended to reflect the official position of the governing body of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, but rather reflects the ideas, events, and thoughts of individual community members and tribal staff. As such, the Swinomish Tribe makes no claim as to the accuracy or content of any of the articles contained therein.
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Chairman’s Message: It just takes one vote—your vote WE ARE THE FIRST AMERICANS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY AND YOUR VOTE MATTERS! Get out and vote ... no matter who you vote for ... just vote! That is the bottom line. Our Native Vote made a difference in 2008 and we now have to continue our momentum and elect candidates who are committed to fulfilling the federal government's obligation to Indian country. Photo courtesy Jack Storms
Every State is in the midst of a political battle, and the outcomes
up to the challenge and make a difference. We have felt the President’s commitment throughout our Indian services such as the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Tribal Law and Order Act, increases in programs support and funding for Indian housing, passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Act, which brought program and financial changes to the Indian Health Care system, and the list goes on. The wrong candidate can bring harm to tribal governments and threaten not only the programs, but the funding and structure of these programs. It just takes one vote -- your vote. Swinomish has been fortunate to have a strong relationship with Senator Cantwell and Congressional Representatives Larson and Inslee. These relationships have helped support tribal legislative matters that impact not only our Tribe, but tribes across the nation. Our support will always be for those candidates who
“We seek your support by voting for strong representatives who will follow through with federal treaty responsibilities, ensure we have healthy state and tribal relations, and encourage smart decision-making... ” of these elections are going to impact the direction of United States. Yes, there will continue to be deep impacts throughout the United States, but it will only get worse if the plans are made in haste and in desperation. Yes, we have a long haul before the United States and Washington State economies will be stabilized, and these are tough times for all citizens, but we cannot give up and not vote. Indian country lives the reality of tough times every day. However, we never give up! Our Grandfathers who signed our treaties across America carried hope that we may live a better life in our own lands. Remember that when you cast your vote you are being a leader, someone who believes they can make a difference, just as our forefathers did a long time ago. We see what a difference voting makes throughout Indian country. In the past four years President Obama has followed through with his commitment to honor the First Americans by recognizing Indian country as sovereign nations. No other President in recent history has supported us in this same manner or followed through with their commitments. If you want to move FORWARD, you need to take it upon yourself to step
will do their best to represent and address Swinomish needs to provide a healthy and safe community, protect treaty rights and resources, and protect the way of life for generations to come, rather than a party. We are not afraid to put those candidates in check if they threaten what is important to our community. We seek your support by voting for strong representatives who will follow through with federal treaty responsibilities, ensure we have healthy state and tribal relations, and encourage smart decision-making for seven generations of Washingtonians. Our vote matters at Swinomish and your voting participation is part of your contribution as a citizen of Swinomish and the United States. As you take time out of your busy schedule to mail in your ballot, do not forget to say a special prayer of thanks to our Veterans. For without their commitment to this Country and to you as a citizen, we may not have had the opportunity to exercise the right to vote. A ballot drop box is located in Swinomish in front of the Social Services building.
Election Announcement: Candidate Petitions for Nomination will be available November 1, 2012 in the Office of the Tribal Attorney. Terms expiring: Barbara James, Senate Seat #8 and Glen Edwards, Senate Seat #9.
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The Swinomish Indian Health Clinic would like to announce the arrival of Dr. Monica Carrillo, MD. Dr. Carrillo starts on November 1st! Congratulations!
ATTENTION: ALL ENROLLED SITC MEMBERS On Wednesday, December 12, 2012, from 10 AM – 6 PM, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will be handing out the following in the Social Services Building: GIFT CARDS for enrolled SITC members. SMOKED SALMON for those who come in person. CANDY BAGS for those who come in person. IF YOU RESIDE IN SKAGIT, WHATCOM OR SNOHOMISH COUNTY, YOU MUST COME IN PERSON TO PICK UP YOUR GIFT CARD. If you have any questions, contact Social Services staff Teeny Williams 360-466-7307, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Ellen Cayou 360-466-7218, email@example.com. Members residing outside of Skagit, Whatcom or Snohomish County will have their gift cards sent by certified mail, unless you notify us that you will pick up in person. If you have been receiving the KeeYoks each month in the mail, you do not need to update your mailing address. It means we already have a valid address for you. Please provide us with any addresses or phone numbers you may have of your family members residing out of the area. Social Services staff will deliver to elders, those in foster care, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and others unable to physically come to the Social Services Building. All other members must come in for their own gift cards. We will not accept verbal or written authorization for others to “pick up” your gift card. Members who are incarcerated (in jail) on the day of distribution (December 12, 2012) will not be receiving a gift card. Children in middle school and high school can request to pick up their own gift cards. The child must call by 5:30 PM on Thursday, December 6 if they want their gift card held for them. In the split household, in compliance with ICW rules and common sense, we will again give the gift card to the parent/guardian that the child physically resides with, regardless of that parent’s enrollment status. This assures that the child receives the benefit. The cut-off date for new tribal enrollment will be Tuesday, December 4, 2012. The gift card may be used in any store where the VISA logo is displayed. People should plan on Christmas Distribution being held on the second Wednesday of every December in future years.
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Attention Diesel Powered Tribal Boat Owners! Currently there is an EPA grant opportunity will provide half of the costs of repowering older diesel engines for the Tribal Fishing Fleet. Hurry before it is too late. For information contact Tony Basabe in the Planning Department or phone him at (360) 466-2512.
REMEMBER: There are a lot of feral cats & kittens on the reservation. There is a program that housing will pay for to spay or neuter cats or dogs & pay for vaccinations as well, if you are one of the tenants or homeowners here on the Reservation( tribal). For more information SHA at (360) 466-4081. Sylvester (pictured) was a "rescue kitty" who is now neutered and has his shots & has a good home on Indian Rd. Thanks for caring for the kitties!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND IN YOUR BALLOT! NATIVE VOTE table at recent community
From the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks) Editor: Michael M. Vendiola With this issue comes the 1 year anniversary of my becoming the editor for the qyuuqs! I hope that I have been able to provide some refreshing issues while maintaining the rich communication the qyuuqs is known for producing. Thank you for the opportunity to work in the Swinomish community! I especially want to thank Assistant Editor, Caroline Edwards, for being a steady hand in the whole operation of our office. She always seems to have a good answer for all the questions I ask her. I have also enjoyed many great conversations with her in our time developing each issue of the qyuuqs. I hope that our rich and professional working
relationship is reflected in what we print. Lastly, I would like to thank our newly joined webmaster, Heather Mills. I can always count on Heather to provide a boost of energy to any project. If you haven’t had a chance, please check out our website to see our work in progress: www.swinomish-nsn.gov. We are making improvements to the site and have come to learn that it is a tremendous task to run a website! In this issue our Chairman addresses the issue of voter participation. I hope that you read his words carefully and choose to participate in the voting process. While it may seem at times that we don’t have a voice, voting
truly is one sure way to have a voice in a large organization like the United States of America. With Halloween having passed, we are blessed to have wonderful pictures of our youth! Also, please take a close read on the efforts our youth are putting forward to better the Swinomish community. It is awesome to see our young ones participate in learning about the ecology, something we should always hold dearly! Thanks again for picking up the qyuuqs! Please offer your advice on how to improve: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Northwest Indian College Winter 2013 Calendar General Registration Winter Quarter Classes Begin Late Registration
Nov. 13-Jan. 5 January 7 Jan. 7-11
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Around the Rez Michael Page was chosen as the Eighth grade Kiwanis Student of the month for the month of October. He has a 4.0 academic average and is well rounded in sports as well. He has been on the wrestling and track teams, and part of the aviation and chess clubs. He wants to go to the US Naval Academy and major in mechanical engineering. His parents are Blair Page and Michelle Cladoosby. Michael is well liked by his classmates and often sought out for help by his peers. Michael is a leader in the making and we the staff of La Conner Middle School are very proud of him. Submitted by—Bill Schaarschmidt, La Conner Teacher
Mobile Medical Unit visits Swinomish During the week of October 1-5, there was a Veterans Health Administration and Veterans Benefits Administration presence on the reservation. VA Puget Sound Health Care S y s t e m brought their Mobile Medical Unit staffed with folks from the Blind Rehabilitation Service and Primary Care providers from the VA Mount Vernon Community Based Outpatient Clinic. This is a new initiative by the Blind Rehabilitation Service who received funding from the Office of Rural Health to reach out Tribal Veterans. VA saw tribal Veterans and non-tribal Veterans for treatment for visually impaired Veterans, enrollment and eligibility for new Veterans, dispensing of Flu Vaccines, to general exams for medical conditions, along with resources for other Veteran Benefits. None of this would have been possible without the superb coordination from Phil Dan, Tribal Veterans Representative and gracious host, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. VA Puget Sound Health Care System extends their appreciation to Mr. Phil Dan, Ms. Beverly Peters, and the
Swinomish Tribe for making our week a success. VA saw a number of Veterans, amongst them two of the most distinguished Swinomish Tribal Veterans, Mr. Claude Wilbur and Mr. Ivan Willup. The Mobile Medical Unit made a previous visit to the Nooksack Tribe and will be making future visits to the Quinault Nation and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe. We invite all Veterans in the surrounding areas to come visit the VA Mobil Medical Unit. Along with the VA presence, there were representatives from the Blind Veterans Association, Skagit Valley Veterans Assistance, the Marine Corp League, and Combat Veterans Association from Arlington, who provided assistance to visiting Veterans. Submitted by—Cathy L. Davidson Minority Veterans Program Coordinator VA Puget Sound Health Care System
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qyuuqs feature: Home from Afghanistan by Robin Carneen Edwards To the SITC and others who are reading this...one of our own is safely home from Afghanistan! About 6 and 1/2 months ago Carneen Allen's grandson/my son ( now an Army soldier) Tyler K. Dressler deployed to Afghanistan from the Fort Carson Army Instillation in Colorado Springs. I am happy to say he is safely home now! I also wanted to share pictures of his Homecoming( to Colorado Springs, Co.) as well. I cried with such tears of joy and relief, seeing him again, hugging him again, and being so thankful to the Creator and grateful he has come home safe and alive, along with 134 other soldiers. This was his first tour and many friends and family members supported him and his friend Brent T. Morrison with prayers, moral support and care packages. I want to take the time to thank all those, including Amanda Johnston, Laura Kasayuli and Jolynn ( who works in the Prosecutor’s office). These soldiers will be forever grateful. I also want to thank two young girls and relations of Tyler's, Raylee Ward and Brandy James for writing to him. It makes our troops feel loved, honored, respected and appreciated to get special letters and care packages like these-especially when they are far from home, protecting our country. It is a dangerous region and there wasn’t a day that passed by that I didn’t worry for my son and all the troops. I am so proud of him and had faith the Creator would look out for him and the others that were on the battle field. I am also grateful to a young soldier and field photographer, named Kenneth Park who is serving in the same region as Tyler. He was kind enough to gift me with a photo he took of Tyler’s bravery being recognized (below). To help keep Ty’s spirits up, I mailed him a past Keeyok’s article where I had feature interviews I had done with other Swinomish War Veteran’s –our belated, beloved, and brave Elders Chet Cayou, Sr. and “Gus” Stone.
Tyler & his wife Araina Dressler For now, Tyler is assigned to the Fort Carson Army Instillation near Colorado Springs. His wife Araina also has family and friends here in Washington State. They are planning on moving back to Washington State in 2014 and both of them would like to pursue higher education. He has talked about possibly getting employment with a law enforcement agency or becoming a school teacher. Tyler is also planning on submitting his enrollment application soon because he is proud of his Swinomish heritage . One of the things he leaned on to help him through the danger and challenging conditions, was his Swinomish roots and beliefs. Again, he and I are so grateful for all the love, prayers, and support he got while he was so far from home.
(U.S. Army photo & report by 1st Lieutenant Kenneth Park, Bandit Troop PAR, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment,4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division) PFC Tyler K. Dressler receives an award FOB SHINWAR, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan – PFC Tyler K. Dressler (La Conner, WA), a Scout with 3rd Platoon, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, receives a combat action badge for being engaged with the enemy, from Sergeant-Major Battaglia, the chief enlisted adviser to the Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a distinguished visitor to FOB Shinwar. Bandit Troop recently redeployed back from FOB Shinwar where its mission was to partner with and support the development of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in the area as they work to secure heir country. (29 June, 2012)
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qyuuqs feature: Science grant helps preschoolers study salmon Lynn Beebe, a volunteer s c i e n c e t e a c h e r working with the preschool, received a grant for Pictured: Kaylee Bailey, Katarina Edwards, Ronald Wil- $750.00 this liams, Nathan Bailey, Dela Souryovong summer to continue her salmon study work with the preschoolers. The grant was awarded by the Alumni Association of Wheelock College, Boston , Massachusetts, where Lynn received her BA in Early Childhood Education in 1973. The project is titled: Salmon Study: An Introduction to Life Cycles, Ecology, and Fish in a Native American Context . She began this unit in September 2011, and hopes to continue it in some form each year. The unit begins with the study of fish in general and ends with a more in depth study of the salmon, an important part of Swinomish tradition, history, and present economy and politics. The over-all goal in teaching science lessons has been to increase the students' powers of observation and their ability to describe what they observe: verbally, through writing, and through drawing. In the fish unit, the class has observed live fish in the classroom aquarium, looked at fish in books, drew fish, and recently observed salmon at the Samish Hatchery. They will return to the hatchery later this year to view the young salmon hatched from the eggs they saw collected last
week. The class will also go on a field trip to the Breazeale Interpretive Center at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Preserve to study estuaries and will go on another visit later next spring, along Pictured: Rachel Bill, Katie Lockrem Cayou with trips to the salmon stream restoration project at Thousand Trails. In the classroom, they are learning the names of parts of a fish, and are studying the life cycle of the salmon. The grant money has been used to purchase a fish and salmon book collection for the classroom, puzzles and games about fish, a class aquarium and supplies, and membership in the Breazeale I n t e r p r e t i v e Pictured: Brent Bobb Jr., Kaila England, Lorena EdJerome Toby, Paisley Stewart, Maeve McCorCenter a t wards, mick, Nora McCormick Padilla Bay and will sup-
Swinomish elders honored at recent Swinomish Community Dinner The Swinomish community gathered on October 17 to honor two of the community’s precious elders. Mike Cladoosby and Roberta Wilbur were recognized by the community and family.
The family of Mike “Jughead” Cladoosby standing with the honoree
The family of Roberta Wilbur standing in honor of the distinguished elder.
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Swinomish Legal: New estate planning services available to tribal members As many of you know, the Tribe has sponsored a summer intern from Seattle University School of Law to provide legal advice and draft wills, power of attorney, and other estate planning documents to Swinomish Tribal members from late May to early August. That service has been provided free of charge to tribal members by the Tribe. Tribal members may find themselves needing such advice or documents outside of the May-August window. Those members may obtain legal services from the legal clinic sponsored by Northwest Justice Project once a month at Swinomish, but only if they meet certain income eligibility requirements. Those members whose income is above those eligibility criteria have historically turned to private attorneys for assistance—with the consequence that the assistance may be beyond their ability to pay. The Center for Indian Law & Policy of Seattle University School of Law offers estate planning assistance to tribal members. Center staff and interns are available to draft a variety of legal documents that you and your family may need and will do so at a lower than market cost. Please see the chart below for costs currently associated with different types of documents. If you are interested, you should call Erica Wolf at 206-398-4277 or Lupe Ceballos at 206-398-4284. Description
Simple Last Will & Testament – distributes the client’s personal, real, and trust property. Service includes: all necessary investigation into land title and IIM account records; determination of eligible heirs for purposes of trust property; explanation of legal options. Complies with Tribal, State, & Federal law.
Intermediate Last Will & Testament – same as Simple Last Will & Testament; in addition, includes one Testamentary Trust for Minors and a Guardianship provision.
Complex Last Will & Testament – same as Simple Last Will & Testament; in addition, includes Pour-over Will provision for Revocable Living Trust; Special Needs Trust; or multiple Testamentary Trusts for Minors.
Gift Deed – completion and submission of application to BIA and appropriate Tribal realty office.
Durable Power of Attorney for Finances – allows for the client to choose an individual to act on their behalf to handle financial affairs. The powers can be limited or broad, such as only the ability to pay monthly bills or the ability to do any financial dealings that the client could do for themselves, such as sell, lease, encumber, enter bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, gift and more.
Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare – allows the client to select an individual to act on their behalf for health care decisions when the client is unable to do so, including the naming of a guardian. This includes the ability to retrieve medical records, make medical and care decisions, and advocate on behalf of the individuals interest. Advanced Health Care Directive a/k/a “Living Will” – allows the client to choose how they wish to be treated in terminal, end of life situations, including whether to receive intubation, feeding tubes, medicine for pain management and more. Revocable Living Trust – a written agreement that names someone to be responsible for managing property for the benefit of others. The client may revoke it, change it or end it at any time, for any reason. Note: only property subject to state jurisdiction (non-trust property) is eligible.
Irrevocable Trust – a written agreement that names someone to be responsible for managing property for the benefit of others. The client cannot change or dissolve it; however, this type of trust provides better asset protection. Note: only property subject to state jurisdiction (non-trust property) is eligible. Tax Consulting – includes written analysis of any assets in question, and estate tax projections.
Swinomish Legal: Tribal Members retain right to possess eagle feathers On October 12, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will allow members of federally recognized Indian tribes to possess eagle feathers, although that's a federal crime. This is a significant religious and cultural issue for many tribes, who were consulted in advance about the policy the department announced. Federal law currently prohibits the killing of eagles, which are listed as either endangered or threatened, and possession of feathers and bird parts, but the Constitution and federal laws also give tribes local sovereignty for self-government. Under the new Justice Department policy, tribal members will not be prosecuted for • Possessing, using, wearing, or carrying federally protected birds, bird feathers, or other bird parts; • Traveling domestically with federally protected birds, bird feathers, or other bird parts or, if tribal members obtain and comply with necessary permits, traveling internationally with such items.' • Acquiring from the wild, without compensation of any kind, naturally molted or fallen feathers of federally protected birds, without molesting or disturbing such birds or their nests; • Giving or loaning federally protected birds or the feathers or other parts of such birds to other members of federally recognized tribes, or exchanging federally protected birds or the feathers or other parts of such birds with other members of federally recognized tribes, without compensation of any kind; • Providing the feathers or other parts of federally protected birds to craftspersons who are members of federally recognized tribes to be fashioned into objects for eventual use in tribal religious or cultural activities. Although no compensation may be provided and no charge made for such leathers or other bird parts, tribal craftspersons may be compensated for their labor in crafting such objects Tribal members will be covered by this policy regardless of whether they have a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit. However, the Justice Department will prosecute tribal members and nonmembers alike for violating federal laws that prohibit killing eagles and other migratory birds or the buying or selling the feathers or other bird parts. You can obtain a copy of the policy from http://www.justice.gov/ag/ef-policy.pdf.
Additionally, tribal members may apply to receive and possess eagle carcasses, parts, and feathers from the National Eagle Repository of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for religious purposes. See http://www.fws.gov/le/ Natives/EagleRepository.htm
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wilbur
Swinomish Domestic Violence Shelter: House of Healing The Swinomish Domestic Violence Shelter is here to serve women and children. We serve Swinomish tribal members first, tribal members second and nonnatives third. Our goal at the shelter is to help women and children with the tools to move out of their violent domestic relationship. Domestic violence has different types of abuse; they are physical abuse, mental abuse, emotional abuse and financial abuse. We can help our women with the tools they need to promote dignity and self- respect. Sometimes it doesn’t take one or two attempts to leave an abusive relationship; it can take up to a total of eight attempts to leave. There are also items we have at the shelter for women and children if they have to leave suddenly from their home, such clothing for women and children, pampers, and toiletries etc. Our shelter is here to help our people and also the shelter is designed to help the community see that there a need to address domestic violence. Domestic violence shouldn’t be the silent giant living in your home or the big elephant in your living room that no one talks about. We strive for healthy relationships and we want to help our women see that domestic violence is not ok! We can help you by giving the support you need to move out of this abusive relationship. We want our community to know that the shelter is a good safe place for positive change. There are many misconceptions of staying in a
domestic violence shelter here are some of the examples; shame, guilt, a bad place, people may talk about me because I am here, embarrassment, the misconceptions are endless. The misconceptions are not true. Please see the shelter as a positive move forward of putting a stop to domestic violence in your home. See this as your willingness to move out of your abusive relationship and move on to strengthen yourself for you and your children. Our women are our strength and the backbone of our family; our tradition does not teach us to disrespect our mothers and grandmothers. Our children are our future. We need to continue to give strength and encouragement to our beautiful women. The importance of our goal is to continue to build healthy relationships and make positive changes for our people. You are my people, I have nothing but love for all of you, Please call the shelter if you have any questions or would just like to talk, we have advocates on staff and also mental health counselors we can refer you to. With much respect, Ach-Pia-Nuk, April James, Shelter Manager 360-399-1046 Hotline
Mrs. V’s 2 cents! Happy autumn, it is our season of harvest. Now we get to eat our squash, beets, onions, apples, pears and zucchini. All of it from the garden we planted last spring, with exception to the apples and pears (those are from the trees my late husband planted). Time for me to get my grandson over to prune those trees. I’ve made the last fresh blackberry cobbler of 2012, and it’s time to stock up our wood pile. There is a chill in the air, summer clothes need to be put away and winter duds dug out of hiding.…I hope I can still fit my winter duds. It is darker more now. The season is changing. It’s time to go through all the objects, articles and projects collected during summer time and get ready for winter projects. (Man! Stuff sure piles up! )
By Diane I. Vendiola that I didn’t use and a whole bunch of bright green canvas grocery bags that say, “Lummi Elders Rock”. I decide to go through my #3 Undecided Pile in hopes of minimizing it and adding to my #1 or #2 Piles…… I find the “Paddle to Squaxin” information booklet. I begin reading it. “Paddle to Squaxin 2012 - Teachings of Our Ancestors”. All of a sudden I realize that it is lunch time. So I have to leave my get- it- all- donetoday project and make myself some lunch because my stomach doesn’t like to be empty. I will get back to my organizational project after I clean up my lunch dishes and go for my daily walk. While I eat my Tuna sandwich, I finish reading.
“It is darker more now. The season is changing. It’s time to go through all the objects, articles and projects collected during summer time and get ready for winter projects.” Every autumn season, I put this process off. This task seems like it takes me longer to do with each passing year, or is it that I have more stuff? This year I am going to get it all done by being organized. I begin by deciding to sort my summer stuff by dividing it into four neat piles in my bedroom: Pile 1- Throw it away stuff. Pile 2- Give it away stuff. Pile 3- Undecided whether to keep or throw stuff Pile 4- Keep and find space to put away stuff. I begin going through my stacks of books, articles of clothing, souvenirs, gifts, papers, etc. After 90 minutes, I am really getting into the swing of it and I notice that my #4- Keep Pile is beginning to lean toward the #3- Undecided Pile. As a matter of a fact both #3 and #4 Piles are so heaping tall that they are about to topple over into each other and become one huge mountain of stuff! The #1 Throw It Away Pile and the #2 Giveaway Pile look like mole hills in contrast to the humongous mountain of stuff in piles #1 and #2. My Throw Away Pile consists of a dozen single socks with no mates which I’ve been keeping for two years, in hopes of finding the mates, one favorite belt, that I am waiting to be back in style and to fit back into, and a bunch of ball point pens and felt tip pens that have no more ink. My Give Away Pile has my broken Garfield clock, a scarf that I bought twice, the Zucchini Bread baking pans that I bought at Goodwill to bake Zucchini Bread
“Paddle to Squaxin” and decide that the magazine definitely belongs in the #4 Pile. On my walk I think about how I always dislike having to let go of part of my collection of stuff, but still yet I know what a great sense of achievement I will feel once I’ve got it done. (Plus I will have more room for my winter round of new activities and my new books and projects!) When I finish my walk, I stop @ Safeway to buy some items I need for my dinner menu (bison meatball stew). Oh My Gosh, it is now 3:30 in the afternoon and I have to roll all those little meat balls for my stew yet and cut up the celery, carrots and potatoes! I hurry through my preparation so I will have dinner ready for my daughter when she gets home from work. I finish preparing dinner and I have 40 minutes before my beloved daughter gets home. I decide to watch an episode of “Hoarders” so I can be inspired to get busy with my changing of the season project. Suddenly my daughter is home, and my stomach again tells me it is time for dinner. I remove a bright yellow bedspread off the top of the #3-Undecided Pile and lay it over my change of season project. To be continued.
Diane I. Vendiola, Swinomish tribal elder, is a regular contributor to the qyuuqs (Kee Yoks), continues to serve the tribe in her retirement, and is a loving grandmother.
Halloween at Swinomish! Trick or Treat!
Being Frank Report Tells the Truth of Salmon Recovery By Billy Frank, Jr., Chairman NWIFC
OLYMPIA – Treaty Indian tribes know the watersheds of western Washington better than anyone else because we have always lived in them. Over the past three years we have been looking at those watersheds to gauge progress toward salmon recovery. The result is our recently released State of Our Watersheds report that confirms we are losing the battle for salmon recovery. Habitat is being lost faster than it can be restored, and this trend is not improving. It’s causing a steady decline in salmon populations across the region that threatens tribal cultures, treaty rights and economies, and the quality of life for everyone who lives here. The report is the latest part of our Treaty Rights at Risk initiative to address the erosion of tribal treaty-reserved fishing rights from ongoing loss of salmon. The initiative is a call to action for the federal government to meet its trust responsibility to protect tribal treaty rights and its duty to recover salmon by leading a more coordinated and effective salmon recovery effort.
“We all have made a huge investment in recovering salmon habitat in recent decades, but it hasn’t been enough. As the report shows, we are running out of time. We must be fierce in protecting salmon habitat for the treasure that it is.” The State of Our Watersheds report tracks key salmon habitat indicators over time – such as the condition of nearshore marine areas, forest habitat along our streams, and water quality and quantity – in 20 watersheds across western Washington. It includes data gathered from decades of tribal, state and federal projects, and will be updated as new information becomes available. Some of the report’s findings include: A 75 percent loss of salt marsh habitat in the Stillaguamish watershed is limiting chinook populations in the river system. Herring stocks in the Port Gamble Klallam Tribe’s area of concern have declined from healthy to depressed because of degraded nearshore habitat. Herring are important food for salmon. In the Chehalis River system, the Quinault Indian Nation estimates that culverts slow or block salmon from reaching more than 1,500 miles of habitat. We all have made a huge investment in recovering salmon habitat in recent decades, but it hasn’t been enough. As the report shows, we are running out of time. We must be fierce in protecting salmon habitat for the treasure that it is. That includes stronger enforcement of existing laws aimed at recovering salmon habitat, controlling polluted stormwater runoff and putting a stop to development in river floodplains that are important to salmon habitat. We need to remember that the salmon is really us. All of us. And whatever happens to the salmon is going to happen to us. If we can’t protect the salmon and its habitat, then we can’t protect ourselves from the same things that are driving the salmon toward extinction. More information about the State of Our Watersheds report and the Treaty Rights at Risk initiative at nwifc.org/ sow and treatyrightsatrisk.org
Archives: A History of Education in the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Part III
—Continued on page 26
Swinomish Youth Center Special points of interest:
Nov. 7 Edu. Dinner @ 5 PM Nov. 12 Youth Ctr Closed Observe Veteran’s Day Nov. 14 Comm. Dinner @ 6 PM Nov. 22-23 Youth Ctr Closed Observe Thanksgiving Day
Nov. Youth Group High-risk Nights outings TBA
Swinomish Youth Center
Fitness Swinomish Youth Center has set up a fitness challenge three days a week for four weeks.
First, in sewing they learn the technique by sewing on paper. Once they have proven they know how to sew a straight line.
What’s the goal you ask? Increase enthusiasm towards being fit. Physical fitness is meant for all ages!
They then advance to cutting techniques applying their new skill to actual material.
Teambuilding thru partner, group and individual exercises, i.e. sit-ups, burpees, jumping jacks, push-ups and crab walk.
There has been great masterpieces made in the sewing room. Things like hats, bags (for trick or treating), a pair of sweat pants.
Plus end goal a new pair of tennis shoes, based on attendance and staying motivated.
The class is made of both boys’ & girls’ both equally skilled & eager to learn new things.
All youth have great enthusiasm! for fitness! MS Youth Group outing
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HS Youth Group outing
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They are proud of what they make & not bashful to show others what they produced in sewing. Thank you Lynn!
Seattle Prep students visit Swinomish
MS/HS Turkey 20 Dinner @ Youth Ctr.
Seattle Prep entered with spontaneous cooperation & with an open heart & open mind . They eagerly participated in the ice breaker & talking circle. They have been learning & practicing contemplative prayer & meditative ways thru various cultures. Swinomish youth shared the meanings taught by their elders, i.e., cooking, fishing, crabbing, & Canoe Journey. The common thread of each tribal life way is knowing “why it’s important to
listen”, when challenges or frustrations arise its good to keep a good mind. It reciprocates good feelings throughout tribal life ways. Swinomish youth spoke of growing up on the water, it ingrains a sense of calming that affects the state of being. The water lends sustainability in many dimensions with food for the table and nourishes the soul. Seattle Prep finalized “how” they
leave knowing more about living spirituality on a daily basis and extended an invitation to Swinomish youth to meet again in Seattle.
Education: Education department to host conferences/education dinner Education Department presents:
Fall Education Dinner When: Wednesday, November 7th, 5:00 PM Where: Youth Center Parent Conferences begin at 12:30.
Come support our youth in education!
Swinomish Community Dinner Wednesday, November 14 6:00 PM Youth Center Come out and enjoy spending time with one another!
swedebS ~ Community Arts
You should need not know me Know the selves I know not myself Yet bits and pieces Photo courtesy of Caroline Edwards
Emerge from the mists Paul Hillaire Villaluz
“Tibetan Monk made this Sand Manadala of Prosperity. Finished Sat 10/13/12. Just to sweep away upon completion. To signify, that nothing or no one lasts forever,” Eric Day. Photo by Eric Day
swedebS ~ Community Arts
Photo courtesy of Caroline Edwards
Dinosaur National Monument, Utah, Rainbow & Petroglyph Panel c. 1000 A. D. , Photo courtesy of Theresa Trebon. McConkie Ranch, Utah, Petroglyph c. 800 A. D., Photo courtesy of Theresa Trebon.
Great Gallery Petroglyph Panel, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, c. 1500 B. C., Photo courtesy of Theresa Trebon.
Half Moon Canyon, Colorado, Petroglyph, c. 3000 B. C., Photo courtesy of Theresa Trebon.
Swinomish Archivist, Theresa Trebon took a road trip vacation to Utah. She shared her sentiments when she said, “It was such an honor to stand in front of these. Amazing.”
All Invited!: On November 7th, 2012 at 1:00pm there will be a meeting in the Senior Center to organize the arts and crafts to be made for the Intertribal Elder’s Dinner happening in June.
To all Swinomish Tribal Elders who are 55 and older: *On Mondays: Leave at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, To transport Elders up to Walmart for shopping.
Lori Ann Cayou Swinomish Elder’s Case Worker My Office is at the Senior Center Office phone: 360-4667374 or cell 360-391-5737
*Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday’s: From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - transport any Elders to & from Senior Center for lunch. *Wednesday: In the am - visit the Elders in Nursing homes. **For any other Transporting: Visit or call my office 466-7374 to schedule appointment: Then I need at least 24 hrs notice prior appointment. Need information of: who, where, when, and time (of how long I will be). No appointment to be schedule between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm everyday. First come, first serve basis depending on schedule.
stab I(i) adsuhuy What are you doing? ?uIaxad Ved tsi dsUuy I am helping my mother. ?esValex ts(i)adsqa How is your older sister? cicUex ?exs? ituteb She is very sleepy (now). Gat Ii tuIaxacid Who helped you? dscapa? ti tuIaxac My grandfather helped me.
Native American Heritage Day: La Conner Schools
La Conner school children take the dance floor!
Swinomish Days Senior Princess and La Conner High School senior, Amanda Washington, shares words with the students about her cultural identity.
Swinomish Canoe Family shares songs while the children dance. Eric Day and mom, Linda Day sharing songs.
Archives: Continued from page 17—A History of Education
Feature: Developing Indigenous Health Indicators, Part 2 Last month’s feature article summarized the Focus Group meeting held mid- summer on July 17 here at Swinomish. The Planning De- Sidebar suggestion: Post elders’ names at cannery/dock with family partment hosted a very enthusiastic group and we want to share what member contact information to make it easier to get fish to elders who Swinomish members told us in response to how they felt about Re- want it. source Security. As the meeting continued, the group was asked what they individually considered the most important, second most important and third most “What does Resource Security mean?” By definition for this project Resource Security is defined in three important between abundance, access, and sharing. Members anonymously entered their answers on a small hand held polling device and parts: Abundance-natural resources are abundant and the stocks are healthy. the answers were all computed and shown on screen as the graph beAccess-all resource use areas (i.e., usual and accustomed areas in WA) low shows: are allowed to be harvested. Sharing-ensuring that everyone in the community receives traditional Resources security ranked in order of importance to Swinomish foods and other natural resources such as plant medicines, especially health Elders. Tribal Members Comments: Abundance : “Mussels are very rare—used to get a whole boatful and bake them on the beach. Invited fishers who were fishing to join them for clam and mussel bakes. Traditional beach bakes included homemade bread, clams, mussels, coffee & tea. NO POP, that came later! We were a lot skinnier back then!” (Lots of giggles.) “Trade—abundance isn’t here, but we trade with other tribes to get it or get it at give-aways. We will always find a way to get what we need.”
“Permits and restrictions really restrict ability to harvest fish today. Fish traps made catch abundant, fish traps are now a thing of the Audience participants were then asked to rank the current health of past.” (Regulations.) each at Swinomish by asking “Where are we now?” Check out the results! Access: “You have to go to Penn Cove now, but money is the big factor and Abundance: On a scale of 1-5, is enough seafood available in the close places to clam are gone. “ Tribe’s usual and accustomed (U&A) areas? Responses: “Now we all have to get permission to get Kings. “ Things are very bad 13% Not very good 53% Sharing / Access: So-So 33% “ We want to be generous but we aren’t allowed to. Now we have to Looking pretty good 0% wait for someone to tell us to go fish, hunt, clam. “ We’re doing great 0% Some elders expressed the only time they know they will get fresh fish Access: On a scale of 1-5, are there enough sites for use in the U&A is at ceremonies, the rest of the time they do not have access. areas? Responses: Sharing: Things are very bad 27% “When we were poor, people were better at sharing –today that doesNot very good 33% n’t happen much.” So-So 33% Looking pretty good 7% One elder commented, “It would be a miracle if someone brought me We’re doing great 0% a fish head now!” Sharing: On a scale of 1-5, does everyone in the community have “Fishermens’ generosity has changed due to making a living selling access to seafood if they want it? fish catch [become less generous]. Tribe’s program that stores fish for Responses: gatherings has changed the way generosity occurs within the Tribe Things are very bad 20% [fisherman no longer feel the need to personally share their catch in Not very good 40% the community]. So the Tribe’s program has an unintentional So-so 20% [negative] consequence. “ Looking pretty good 20% We’re doing great 0% A younger person commented that “Not all fishermen catch fish to sell, that a few still go out and catch fish to give to elders, but often Comments, questions or suggestions can be sent to Jamie Donatuto: there is a lack of knowing who is in need, do they want a whole fish or j d o n a t u t o @ s w i n o m i s h . n s n . u s or Myk Heidt: just fish ready to cook?” “How to find the elders in a timely way to email@example.com or ring 466.1532 and leave a message! give them fresh fish has become increasingly difficult for those fisher- Check out Part 3 of the Health Indicators meeting results in Decemmen who want to give to elders. Maybe some sort of family contacts ber’s issue! would help to ensure that those who have fish to give to elders can find the best way to get it to them.”
Regarding Vicodin & Percocet
Vicodin (Hydrocodone with Tylenol) and Percocet (Oxycodone with Tylenol) are two of the most commonly prescribed pain medications and almost everyone will have taken them at one point or another in their lifetime. Some of the most common reasons for being prescribed these medications are for dental pain, broken bones, and pain relief after surgery. What some people don’t know about these medications is they are opiate medications with a high risk of abuse and dependence. Tylenol can also be dangerous when taken in too high of doses due to the risk of toxicity that can lead to liver problems and even liver failure. Also, if you drink more than 3 alcoholic drinks daily you should make sure your doctor is aware because the combination of these medications and drinking can lead to severe liver damage. If you are prescribed these medications please be sure that you take them as prescribed and stop taking them as soon as the pain is gone to avoid dependence. Please keep them in a safe place and when you are finished with them dispose of them properly to avoid others taking them. There is a medication drop box located at the Swinomish Police Department where all medications can be dropped off and destroyed. Prescription pain medications and heroin use is on the rise in our community and we now have options available for tribal members that are opiate dependent. The Wellness program is offering a Suboxone component to our phases of treatment. Suboxone is used as an opiate replacement to ease withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings. If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, call the Wellness Program and inquire about what options are available to you. Wellness Program Staff 360-466-1024 **Opiate Educational sessions for community members coming in November, please call if you would like to attend**
Native Business: Resilience Economic development is part of every tribe’s vocabulary. Most tribes have established an economic development position to attract or start businesses on reservation. The reason is sim-
building supplies. Each sector (gaming & hospitality, gas and grocery, food, and wood products) will follow its own cycle. When one sector is down others may be rising or stable.
multiples are better for a tribe’s community because more enterprises result in financial resilience; resilient economies are better able to absorb stress and survive in difficult times and create wealth over time.
From a family’s perspective economic diversification works better; take a dual-income household
economies are that they do not fall as fast or far in a downturn - generally recover faster. Take for example a community with a hotel and gaming operation then nothing else. The economic health of the community will generally follow the ups and downs of the gaming property. Comparatively, a community with the same gaming property, plus c-stores, fisheries, and timber is more diversified. Declines in gaming are not directly related to graband-go sales at a c-store, consumption of salmon, or the use of lumber in paper, light poles or
selling wood products has a place along the vertical supply chain. An urban tribe may have access to a large population base of consumers.
where the tribe has a competitive advantage, like tax exemption, may make sense.
where one family member is employed by a casino and another by a convenience store. In an economic downturn the probability of dual job loss and financial hard-
The benefits to resilient
ing, trading, refining, or
Owning retail businesses
ple: businesses from separate sectors and in
Every business transport-
ship is less if each spouse works at a separate business than if they work at the same place. Additionally, if one looses a job and a local
It is smart to build upon strengths. A tribe should start by examining the businesses they are in today and recognize their competitive advantages. It should be asked: Does an opportunity exist to expand upon what we already have? –or- What are our clusters of expertise?
business is hiring, the
There are three things a
likelihood of being re-
tribe can do to increase
employed is greater.
the probability of success
Some tribes are natural
in adding businesses to
resource rich located in
rural communities others
1) Invest in Human Capital – Apply resources toward existing and new businesses, make education and the achievement of goals a priority, spend time and energy focusing on what is possible rather than toiling over that which does not work.
are urban or in-between, suburban. For a rural tribe it might make sense to allocate resources toward businesses that integrate a vertical supply chain around a natural resource. Timber for example has a lot of uses between the harvest of trees and the end user.
2) Develop Infrastructure – This can be physical like roads and water treatment plants but also organizational –like trade and educational associations. It is the services and/or facilities that embody incremental improvement to promote the achievement of goals. A Chamber of Commerce group that holds regular meetings uncovers a lot of opportunity.
3) Leadership – make a plan, have the community understand it, and follow through. Leadership is also the ability to adapt to changes while maintaining the integrity of the group. Businesses start out with the best of intentions and regardless of planning, unforeseen things happen requiring change. Experienced leadership understands how to move forward in a changing environment. They move the group forward with confidence or hold a position while under pressure from others to change. Jim Stanley is a Quinault Tribal member and contributes his experience through writing for the betterment of Native People. To reach Jim for comment or free access to more business knowledge, go to JimStanley.biz.
Swinomish Cleans Up Storm Water With an Innovative Project The project will reduce sediment, oil, and heavy metals through design and installation of a rain garden, also called a bioswale. See image below for definitions. The location of the project is along Snee-Oosh road in an area of the Swinomish Village that is not currently developed. The design captures run-off water from a road-side ditch and re-routes it through a rain garden and then reconnects to the ditch. This design will use at least 5,000 square feet of area which will be planted with vegetation to slow, infiltrate and filter the runoff water. The project is being constructed in the Tribal Village to improve water quality as it flows into the newly restored pocket estuary and Tribal waterfront park along the Swinomish Channel. The rain garden will not only improve water quality for salmon in the pocket estuary and the Swinomish Channel , but also provides an attractive garden.
Image source: http://northcurrybioswales.blogspot.com/
23—Native American Heritage Day (Federal)
All month—Native American Heritage Month (federal)
7—Parent Conferences, 12:30PM
14—Community Dinner6:00, Youth Center
7—Education Dinner, 5PM, Youth Center 12—Food Commodities Distribution-10:00am-Noon, Social Services Bldg.
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Swinomish Casino & Lodge: JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS Excellent benefit package* includes quarterly cash incentive, EAP and 401(k) w/ match for all staff; medical, dental, vision and term life insurance as well as paid holidays and paid time off for full time staff (*must meet required time in service before eligible). All positions require a criminal background check and approval of a gaming license from Swinomish Gaming Commission. In addition, a high school diploma or equivalent is required to be considered for employment. Pre-employment drug testing will be conducted upon acceptance of a position. Applications for positions not currently being recruited are gladly accepted and will be kept on active file for 90 days. Email Applications to firstname.lastname@example.org Mail or bring to: 12885 Casino Dr. Anacortes, WA 98221 Fax 360-299-1677
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BARTENDER* – 1FT BAR BACK* – 1 PT * All Food and Beverage employees must have valid food handler’s permit or obtain one with in first two weeks of employment. GAMING DEALER- 1 FT 3PT ELECTRONIC GAMING CLERK – 1FT BINGO CLERK- 2 OC
MARKETING PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT – 1 PT GUEST SERVICES PLAYER’S CLUB ASSOCIATE– 3FT
PLAYER’S CLUB SHIFT SUPERVISOR – 1 FT SECURITY SECURITY OFFICER- 2 PT LODGE ROOM ATTENDANT–1 OC HOUSEMAN- 1FT FACILITIES CUSTODIAN – 1 OC LICENSING REQUIRED BY THE COMPACT BETWEEN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND THE SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY: CLASS II POSITIONS $ 24.00 NIGC/SWINOMISH GAMING LICENSE Bingo, Pull tabs CLASS III POSITIONS $228.00
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CLASS III POSITIONS $290.00 OUT OF STATE – WA STATE GAMING LICENSE Administration, Gaming, Electronic Gaming, Keno, Finance, Cash Cage, Information Systems, Security, Surveillance, Facilities Manager CLASS IV POSITIONS–No Cost SWINOMISH GAMING LICENSE Food & Beverage, Customer Service, Facilities, Marketing, Human Resources, Valet Services
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